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MINNEAPOLIS – Elizabeth Patty doesn’t have a skeleton in her closet, but she does have something almost as vexing: a stash of party dresses she’ll never wear again.“This will kill my husband, but I probably have at least 30 dresses with an average price tag of $225,” said Patty.As senior director of development for children’s health at the University of Minneso…

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Who could have predicted a couple of years ago that the homebody sweatshirt would attain high-fashion status? Well, Norma Kamali, for one. It was, after all, Kamali who in the late 1970s transformed this downtime staple, linked with the locker room and the living room couch, into a fashion trophy.So it seems only fitting that Kamali has returned to the marketplace with a f…

Time for turtlenecksurtlenecks have a way of crawling into winter wardrobes and staying there, but there always seems to be room for one or two more. Some are fitted; others relaxed. This season, striped and color-blocked turtlenecks look sporty while solids can be worn just about anywhere. Cowl necks are popular again. Other interesting details include cables and other te…

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No-Shave November has ended, but beards are growing on and on. Winter is prime time to sprout a serious beard – or, as some have called it – a face coat. And thick rather than wispy seems to be the popular way to go.“I would say that a lot of people are keeping a fuller beard nowadays. I think maybe with the colder weather, people like keeping it longer. All five of …

ift bags can help you get a handle on wrapping. They’re decorative and festive-looking but, if you treat them gently, they also are reusable. So is the tissue paper that sometimes pops out the tops. Of course, you might have a problem with sneaky types who try to peek at the gifts inside.Just remind yourself that some kids never grow up.So sprite: The elf legs fabric win…

Dear Vicki: I need Christmas ideas for my little sewer. About six months ago we gave her a sewing book that you recommended all about hand sewing and filled with projects – she loved it. This year we will start to think about a sewing machine, but before we do, please recommend a book that focuses on using a machine instead of handwork so I can get her ready. I still wan…

Good solesWomen who love flat shoes won’t be disappointed this season. The style often called a “smoking slipper” is back for fall and winter, often embellished for that festive feel. They seem especially party appropriate in velvet. J.C. Penney (www.jcp.com) offers them in blue or black velvet as well as an all-over glitter design, for example.Ballet flats also cont…

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Holiday fashion stories often begin something like this: “How to look festive – without looking overdone.” Or “Different ways to wear sequins – without looking like an ornament.”In this season of sparkle, shine and, yes, even silly seasonal sweaters, it’s easy to go a little overboard. And sometimes that’s OK. “It depends on your personality. I’m an ove…

Even if you aren’t a big fan of cooking, today’s colorful cookware and bakeware might change all that. You can coordinate colors with your existing pieces, your dinnerware or your decor – or add a whole new pop of color to your kitchen. Such good taste.You’ll want to read up on all the features and details, of course, and consider your cooking needs. Go online or t…

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It’s not enough to merely reinvent your look each season. These days, you also have to reinvent the language used to describe the clothes you wear. Fashion bloggers and ad copy writers have taken to this task with enthusiasm, coining “abbreves” and portmanteaus (the combining of two words to create a new one) for every trend they can get their ombre-manicured hands o…

Knits for nowJust as you enjoy reaching for a favorite cardigan or pullover, sweater knits can add a cozy touch to home accents as well. Macy’s, HomeGoods, Pottery Barn and other retailers all show cable knits or other sweater patterns on pillows or throws. Some are reversible, such as the ones in the Martha Stewart Collection at select Macy’s and www.macys.com with ca…

Unique collars will keep you up to your neck in style this season. Details to look for include crisp points, color-blocking, even some Peter Pan-styling. Faux fur at the neckline adds a cozy feel just when you need it, while blouses with embellished collars will make any outfit party-ready.Button up!All in one: Layered-look collared sweater from the Princess Vera Wang coll…

Dear Vicki: I really enjoyed your columns about your mother-of-the-groom outfit for the wedding. Was there a flower girl or a ring bearer, and how did they dress? I am helping my daughter and would love input as to what are some sweet and appropriate looks for children in weddings. – Libby N.Dear Libby: The flower girl was adorable, and she wore Emmaline from Violette Fi…

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Candy? Check. Pumpkins? Check. Spray tan, professional dye job and elaborate costume for your dog? Check, check and check.Gone are the days when Halloween spending consisted of a pot of greasepaint and a few bowls of candy corn. Halloween is big business. Americans are expected to spend a whopping $6.9 billion this year on theatrical-quality costumes, movie-grade decoratio…

On the light side“The fall 2013 runway shows were awash in Easter egg shades of daffodil yellow, powder blue, cotton-candy pinks and mints,” reports McClatchy Newspapers.This included blush-colored coats at the Céline presentation, which were paired with sleek wool shifts and light-gray, chunky-heeled ankle boots. And at Proenza Schouler, “leather coats in rounded s…